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Fire Rips Through Former Restaurant In Accomack

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Lindsey Otto Lindsey Otto
Jose Juarez Jose Juarez
Storm Brady Storm Brady

ONANCOCK, Va. - Overnight Tuesday, yet another fire ripped through an abandoned building in Accomack County, VA. Residents nearby the blaze on Bayside Road spoke with WMDT, expressing their hope for an end to these fires. "People have memories in these buildings and they're just being burnt down," says Lindsey Otto, a witness to the latest suspected arson. Jose Juarez is concerned about safety, telling our reporters, "I feel like he's just getting close and closer to people." This latest fire comes a day after a landmark motel burnt to ashes.

Neighbors say they were hanging out at home, when a friend's mother called and said she heard about a nearby fire. "When she was describing it, I was like "is it the old Mallard place?" We can see that from my porch. We went on the porch and there and behold and it was just a blaze down the street," says Storm Brady.

Around 11:20 PM, Virginia State Police and several fire departments were called to the building for a fire. As Accomack County firefighters fought to keep the flames at bay, residents came out to for a friendly "thank you," a glass of hot cocoa. "They get us up on the back of the fire truck and they just passed the word around, so guys were coming by and filing up a cup just to get something warm," Storm Brady tells us. Lidnsey Otto adds, "Respect the cops and the firefighters because they do a really good job and work really hard." But residents say they fear the worst may soon come, "it just makes you think, is he going to hit houses that are occupied and hurt people," says Jose Juarez.

Virginia State Police confirm, they believe this to be an arson, which would make it the 67th since November 12th. Again, there is a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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